BZBI, where you belong

Professional Staff

    Donna S. Rosenthal, Executive Director

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    Donna S. Rosenthal, Executive Director, serves BZBI with her commitment to purpose-based work. She feels it is her sacred duty to provide an environment in which people may experience and enrich their Judaism in community with others. Donna leads our administrative team and works with our synagogue board of trustees to make BZBI a place of strength, where we welcome all to worship, learn, grow, celebrate, and care for each other.

    Shlomit (Shula)  Cooper, Director of Youth and Family Education

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    Shlomit (Shula) Cooper is the Director of Youth and Family Education at BZBI. She holds an M.Ed in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Cincinnati and a BA with a minor in Education from American University. Over the course of her career in informal and supplementary Jewish education she has worked with the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem, as well as multiple congregations in the Washington DC and Cincinnati OH areas.
    Shula grew up in northern Israel and moved to the United States in 2004. She has recently relocated to Philadelphia with her husband, after living in the Washington DC metro area and Cincinnati OH. She is excited to join the BZBI community and explore her new city.

    Risa Young, Director of Early Childhood Education

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    Risa Young is the Director of Early Childhood Education at BZBI and a warm, creative, and dynamic leader with over 30 years of experience in early childhood education. Originally from Mt. Carmel, PA., Risa resided in New York City, where she spent 28 years leading high-quality educational programs for children and families. She has held executive positions in several prominent organizations including Children’s Aid Society, Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, Sunset Bay Community Services, and Third Street Music School. She was a contributing writer for Scholastic’s Early Childhood Today and Parent & Child magazines and a member of the Early Childhood Strategic Group, a professional consortium that helped to influence and shape early care and education policy in New York City. Most recently, Risa has been Director of Early Childhood Programs at the JCC of San Francisco, overseeing three Reggio Emilia- inspired preschools. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Risa and her husband, Roland, lived in Tel Aviv, where their daughter, Lena, currently lives.

    Risa received her M.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from New York University, and a B.F.A. from University of the Arts.  Risa looks forward to returning to Philadelphia and contributing to the growth, development, and success of BZBI’s early education program.